It's Okay If You Have A Bad Day

It's Okay If You Have A Bad Day

Not every single day is going to be productive.
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I have a hard time having productive days, especially if they’re a day off from work. It’s especially hard if I’m usually wiped after having a long day at my part time retail job and all I want to do is lay in bed and binge my favorite t.v. show until my legs stop aching after standing for six hours. But then I put off all of the things I wanted to do on my day off because I actually had time or wasn’t mentally exhausted from dealing with customers, things like dishes, laundry, and even personal hygiene. Then I have days where I am completely on the ball. I get everything done on my to do list and even finish extra things I didn’t even remember putting off. Why can’t every day be like this? Well I’m here to tell you that every day won’t be like that, and that’s okay.

In fact today was literally like this. I woke up at eleven and stared at my phone for an hour until it died and then got out of bed, brushed my teeth and hair. Microwaved some soup. Got back into bed. Watched YouTube videos and then remembered I needed to write this article. Oh yeah and I'm still in bed. I have a to do list for today. But will I do it? Who knows. It's my day off, so anything can happen.

It’s okay to have an off day or an off week, or even an off month. Stuff happens. Just know that you did have a good day and that it’s possible to have good days. I felt awful because I had a really good Wednesday where everything just seem to come together. Everything seemed easy. I got a lot done, I filed my taxes, I exercised, I did chores, I wrote a blog post- all things I couldn’t do on other days and it felt great. Then on a day I had the evening off, I felt very bad emotionally. I felt overwhelmed with what I needed to get done and didn’t complete most of the goals I had set for myself. It wasn’t a good day. I felt frustrated with myself because I had gotten stuff done before, why couldn’t I do it today? Why did I mess up so much today? Why couldn’t I have it together every day like everyone else? See, that’s the thing. Not everyone has it together every day, in fact most people don’t have it together everyday. It’s difficult. Adulting takes a huge toll on people because it’s hard work and it’s not fun work. It’s hard to take care of yourself while also dealing with everything your life throws at you whether it’s classes or work or both.

If you aren’t on the ball one hundred percent, it’s fine. Just keep on trying. If you mess up, understand that you are human and if the other person who might be affected by it doesn’t understand that, then that’s their problem. People do mess up. We’ve all been there.
And I may not have fantastic and productive days every single day. I might only have a productive day once a week, but that’s fine. I’m still figuring out what works for me.

If you find yourself having a rough day, just relax. Don’t stress yourself out more than you need to. Get through the negative emotions by doing breathing exercises or taking a bath if you can or talking it out with a friend. Take a break. Watch something funny. Drink water. Exercise. Eat a snack. And then once you’ve calmed down, think about what went wrong during your day. What kept you from being motivated. And if you’re not sure, write down your emotions. Maybe something in your day triggered a bad emotion. I know that for me, coming from a stressful day at work didn’t help. Either way, don’t be too hard on yourself. Once you’ve calmed down, pick yourself back up again and remember it’s important to never lose sight of your goals.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The health benefits of eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables

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Does everyone know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but do you know why they are considered to be nutritious?

Some may believe the answer is because they have low caloric value, which isn't wrong but they provide so much more. They possess phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant foods that provide the fruit and vegetables their color, taste, and odor. More than that, each phytochemical comes with its health benefits.

There are seven mechanisms of action or ways that phytochemicals are beneficial to our health.

They can either act as antioxidants which help to prevent damage to healthy cells, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative, support our immune system, trigger apoptosis or programmed cell death, protect our DNA, regulate hormones and finally, some may have the ability for specific actions, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

Below is a list of phytochemicals:

1. Carotene 

Alpha and beta carotene give fruits and vegetables an orange or yellow color. Some examples of foods that are high in beta carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers of those colors.

Carotene, when ingested, is converted into Vitamin A that your body can easily absorb and utilize. Carotene has been scientifically proven to help eye and heart health as well as support our immune system by acting as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and possessing chemo-preventive factors.

2. Lycopene 

Think tomatoes. The phytochemical lycopene is responsible for the red color in whole plant foods. The health effects are acting as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative but also good for DNA and urinary tract health. What's cool about lycopene is that no matter how you prepare your food, you don't lose any of the nutrients.

3. Chlorophyll 

Eat your greens. Chlorophyll-rich foods appear green. Some excellent sources include dark leafy greens and broccoli. Chlorophyll, like the other phytochemicals are known to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative. Choosing foods that have a rich and vibrant color indicate that is a good source of that phytochemical.

So, next time you're in the produce aisle, be sure to choose your colors wisely.

4. Anthocyanin

Anthocyanins are those foods that are red, blue and purple. Any type of berry is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat damage to cells by helping balance those that are unstable. Cells become unsteady when they have an uneven pairing of protons and electrons so antioxidants essentially give an electron to the cells that need it.

5. Reservatrol

The color purple. Just as every phytochemical mentioned, resveratrol contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative agents. That's the beauty of phytochemicals. Reservartrol also takes it a step further to help brain and bone health. Studies have proven that eating foods rich in resevatrol also help to protect against age-related diseases.

If you want to learn more about the health benefits of phytochemicals, please check out this wonderful book!

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